12 Best Podcasts To Try

My Favorite Podcasts

Do you listen to podcasts? If not, you’re missing out on great programming. Read on to find out 12 awesome podcasts to try and how to get started listening to podcasts.

If you are not familiar with podcasts, a podcast is a radio show that you can download or listen to online. Podcasts are great company on long road trips as well as daily commutes. I also listen to podcasts if I go for a long walk or while I’m cooking, cleaning, or doing some work on my computer. The best part about podcasts is they are completely free to download or stream online. Rather than listening to the radio or music, give podcasts a chance.

I listen to podcasts on my iPhone. It’s portable, and there are multiple podcasting apps available for it. I prefer using the Downcast app to download my favorite podcasts. You can create playlists and organize what you download or stream so you don’t lose precious space on your device. Before that, I used the simple Podcast app on my iPhone.

Some other great podcast apps to try include Overcast. In addition to offering easy-to-find content, this app makes it simple for you to download podcasts for offline listening, which is my favorite feature of any podcast app. You can search for and subscribe to podcasts, create custom playlists, and get notifications when new content is available.

I also like the TuneIn Radio app. This app includes 100,000 real radio stations and more than four million podcasts streaming from every continent. Explore and follow the best in sports, news, music and talk to create your personalized feed.

Podcast Chart is another great tool to discover new podcasts.

You can also listen to podcasts using Soundcloud and Sticher. The Stitcher app is available on Apple and Android devices.

If you are looking for new podcasts, the new and noteworthy section of iTunes for podcasts is a great resource. The Podcast Top 200 lists the most popular podcasts, and the iTunes Essentials: Podcasts is a great way to find popular content. Use this curated library to find podcasts based on interests like “cooking” or “travel.”

And here’s a quick guide on how to download and listen to podcasts.

Other Podcast Apps for Android:

Do you listen to podcasts?  Here are a few of my favorites.

1.    HOW I BUILT THIS: The show’s format is a riveting 30-minute conversation with an innovator who tells the story behind the biggest thing they’ve ever done.

Favorite Episodes:

Southwest Airlines Herb Kelleher, Southwest Airlines: Competitors sued to keep the airline grounded in the early days.

Spanx: Sara Blakely talks about how she came up with her billion-dollar idea while selling fax machines door-to-door.

Instagram: Instagram founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger describe how they created and almost destroyed Instagram in a coffee shop.

2.    TEAM NEVER QUIT: This is my favorite new podcast. Two Former Navy Seals, Marcus Littrell and David Rutherford interview real American heroes who never quit. Marcus wrote the best-selling book, The Lone Survivor. The hosts are part of what make the show so interesting due to their life experiences. You’ll want to subscribe to this one.

Favorite Episodes:

Taya Kyle: Taya Kyle, Wife of ‘American Sniper’ Chris Kyle, talks about fighting back from tragic loss and lessons on grief, faith, and love.

Andre Agassi: Andre shares profound insight on being trapped in the expectations of others, the intoxicating allure of rebellion, and how he discovered true purpose to climb out of the ashes. Andre’s passion for helping under privileged kids succeed is unmatched and wonderfully motivating.

Mark Wahlberg: Mark Wahlberg is a man driven by faith, family, a commitment to never forget when he came from, and his desire to work harder than anyone in Hollywood.

3.    ACCUSED: When Elizabeth Andes was found murdered in her Ohio apartment in 1978, police and prosecutors decided within hours it was an open-and-shut case. Two juries disagreed. The Cincinnati Enquirer investigates: Was the right guy charged, or did a killer walk free?

Favorite Episodes: You really need to listen to them all, in order.

4.    THE TRUTH BARRELL:The Truth Barrel is hosted by bestselling author Neil Strauss and pro athlete Gabby Reece who interview some of the most famous, knowledgeable, and interesting people in the world.

Favorite Episodes:

Genetic Research Dr. Dan Reardon: You’ll learn about your genetic coding, how it affects your ability to grow muscle, how your body can transform to better metabolize what you eat, and tactics you can adopt to your fitness and nutrition regime to meet your health goals based on your genetic make-up.

Raising Children Without a Power Struggle: Abigail Wald, an instructor at Hand in Hand Parenting, and Catherine DeMonte, a marriage, family and child therapist discuss powerful strategies for raising children and improving relationships without conflict or drama.

5.    FAMILY LIFE TODAY: Dennis Rainey and Bob Lepine interview interesting guests about faith and family. I have listened to this podcast since it started.

Favorite Episodes:

Single: Lisa Anderson, author of The Dating Manifesto, talks candidly about the reasons some singles find themselves spouse-less.

Dealing With Loss: Authors Dave and Gloria Furman tell how Dave began suffering from a nerve disability in his arms and hands, which makes even a loving touch painful.

6.    OFF CAMERA WITH SAM JONES: Photographer and Director Sam Jones brings interesting people into his studio to have a long conversation with them.

Favorite Episodes:

Vince Vaughn

Robert Downey Jr.

7.    STIR THE POTStir The Pot is a podcast about food and the people that love it. Each episode Ed Kimber interviews a chef, food writer or even just a celebrity that loves food and loves to talk about it. Ed won the first season of The Great British Bake Off.

Favorite Episodes:

Signe Johnson: Signe Johansen discusses the nordic idea of Hygge, which roughly translates as cosiness.

Dorie Greenspan: Dorie is a legendary food writer. Find out about her new book, Cookies.

8.    THE GLORIOUS IN THE MUNDANE: Christian Artist and Worship Leader Christy Nockels interviews artists, speakers, and authors. The podcast is designed to inspire you right where you are today doing whatever it is you’re doing.

Favorite Episodes:

Episode 10 Bobb Goff

Episode 2o Chris Tomlin

9.    LIVE TO 110 WITH WENDY MEYERS: Wendy Myers is a certified holistic health and nutrition coach. Each episode includes science-backed tips on health, nutrition, paleo diet, detox, weight loss, supplements, natural healing, and much more. She interviews a different guest each episode. I recently discovered Wendy’s podcast and will be listening to more past episodes.

Favorite Episodes:

The Allergy Solution: Dr. Leo Galland discusses the role of allergies and how you can balance immunity, nutrition and lifestyle to get on the path of healing.

What Is Your Chronotype?: Dr. Michael Breus, the sleep doctor, talks about why you’re not sleeping. Plus, how to determine your chronotype and what it can tell you about the best time to do every activity in your life.

Rethinking Iron Supplementation: Morley Robbins challenges you to rethink iron supplementation even if anemic. Most people are already iron toxic and it is actually an underlying cause of many chronic illnesses. Learn the facts about iron to prevent disease.

10.  HEATHER DUBROW’S WORLD: Heather is everybody’s favorite lady on Real Housewive’s of Orange County. Heather shares great beauty, wellness, and style tips. She also interviews a special guest each episode

Check out her new book, Dr. and Mrs. Guinea Pig Present The Only Guide You’ll Ever Need to the Best Anti-Aging Treatments.

Favorite Episodes:

Ali Webb: Founder of the successful chain Dry Bar.

Jaclyn Hill: YouTube makeup artist Jaclyn Hill joins Heather to talk about her favorite products, what embarrassing fashion phases she had, and her upcoming make-up line.

11.  THE POPCASTThe Popcast is a weekly podcast about all things pop culture. Find out what to read, watch, and listen to each week.

Favorite Episode: Start with the latest episode.

12.  SUCCESS TALKSSUCCESS Talks features fascinating interviews with prominent business, creative and thought leaders.

Favorite Episodes:

Megyn Kelly: Finding Your Zone of Genius

Kendra Scott: Building a Family Friendly Business

So if you’re looking for more podcasts to listen to, I’ve been compiling lists for two years. Here are a few posts you should check out:

My Favorite Podcasts Part 3

My Favorite Podcasts Part 2

My Favorite Podcast Part 1

What are your go-to podcasts these days?

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